“Why does the yeast keep coming back? When will we be able to stop worrying about that?” Those are oft-repeated concerns from many parents of patients with ASD, who have noted remarkable improvements when their offspring no longer suffer from fungus.
At certain times of the year, more ASD patients seem to appear who display signs and symptoms of gut yeast. This list explains some underlying causes for this phenomenon. It can be sung to the tune of the Christmas Song or Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel.
There are relatives who do not believe that food affects behaviors. Some try to sneak forbidden substances, just to prove that ‘The Diet’ is unnecessary. By the following day, there are often many new believers.
Environmental alterations take place; such as a Christmas tree, ornaments pulled from the top shelves, and warm clothing exhumed from rarely-visited closets. This provides plenty of moldy allergens to over-tax the immune system.
Schools, homes, churches, etc. turn on the heating system for the first time; expelling blasts of spores. This may occur in climates as diverse as warm, wet Florida, or the chilly nights in dry Arizona.
With autism, the extra social and academic challenges at this time of year are overwhelming. This can lead to anxiety, poor(er) eating, aggression and sleep disturbance – giving the appearance of ‘yeasty behaviors’, even if that is not the cause. Family problems can produce a similar picture.
What to do about it:
Parents should not despair about this situation. Yeast in the G-I system is one of the few causes of the signs and symptoms of autism that CAN be successfully treated with safe and effective supplements, diet and medication.
This is a great time to provide natural anti-fungals, such as vinegar, garlic, olive leaf, etc., to the extent that products are palatable and well tolerated.